#InternetFriendsDay 2017

Lucky Friday! It’s A Vita Bone® Give-Away!

Hi All! It’s Dakota! Today might be Friday the 13th but today, is YOUR LUCKY DAY! I have been eagerly awaiting telling you about some tasty new treats that I was lucky to try!

One day, my Mom and I were pawing around the internet reading blogs, and we read about  Vita Bone®. I tapped my Mom’s arm and told her that I wanted to try them. Mom and I  were lucky when our comment was seen on Facebook and we were contacted asking if we would like to try some Vita Bone® Biscuits and Vita Bone® Chewy Sticks. It was my lucky day!

When my package arrived I couldn’t believe how generous my new friends were! I was sent a box of VITA BONE® Flavors Biscuits,  a box of Vita Bone® Biscuits, (Original),  VITA BONE® Beef Flavored Chewy Sticks  and VITA BONE® Lamb Flavored Chewy Sticks.

Vita Bone® Biscuits

 FROM Vita Bone® Vita Bone® Biscuits are made with natural ingredients and fortified with 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Our nutritious recipe also includes omega-3 and 6 fatty acids and glucosamine from natural sources like salmon oil and chicken. These essential elements help promote healthy skin, a well-conditioned coat, and joint health in your dog. Plus, the crunchy texture helps clean teeth and freshen breath.

They come in sizes that are perfect for whatever size dog you have, (small, medium or large).  I received Medium because they are for dogs over 20 lbs and I am around 25 lbs.

 

I didn’t try the original biscuits  yet, but I will! I DID try the:

Vita Bone® Flavors Biscuits

Vita Bone® Flavors Biscuits come in liver, beef, vegetable, cheese, chicken, and original flavors.  They are scrumptious!! As you can see in the photo below, even the medium-sized bones are generously sized so Mom breaks it up for me. It makes the tastiness last longer and makes them easier for me to eat.

Vita Bone® Chewy Sticks

As I mentioned, I received the Beef Flavored Chewy Sticks and the Lamb Flavored Chewy Sticks.  I haven’t tried the Beef Flavored sticks yet but I DID try the Lamb Flavored Chewy Sticks, (of COURSE I went for those first since Shelties LOVE to “herd” lambs/sheep!). I got to experience the taste of real lamb in every bite!  The sticks are easy to break into smaller pieces, which make them great to use for training, and you could put them in your favorite treat dispenser too!

About Vita Bone®

Vita Bone®is a family-owned company through and through and have been making pet food and treats in Ogden, Utah since 1972. They are passionate about pets, which is why they craft their own recipes and carefully source each ingredient. You can find out more about their brands at americanpetnutrition.com

Vita Bone® Gives Back!

Proud Supporter of:

All of us at Vita Bone® have dedicated our careers to the health and happiness of all pets because we know what joy they bring to families across the country.

We also know the joy and power pets have to change lives. That’s why we support Pet Partners, a non-profit dedicated to training and providing therapy animals to people in need.

Therapy animals give affection and comfort to people in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, disaster areas, and more.

Pet Partners teams interact with a wide variety of clients including veterans with PTSD, seniors living with Alzheimer’s, students with literacy challenges, patients in recovery, people with intellectual disabilities and those approaching end of life.

 

I am certain you are going to love Vita Bone® Biscuits and Vita Bone® Chewy Sticks as much as I do!  Check out their store locator to see where you can purchase them. You can also:

ENTER TO WIN!!

 Our friends at Vita Bone® are generously offering TWO of our readers who are 18 and over and who reside in the U.S. the chance to win ONE BOX OF VITA BONE BISCUITS and TWO PACKAGES OF VITA BONE CHEWY STICKS. Entering is easy! Just enter on the rafflecopter below. Good luck!! 

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We were not compensated for this review/give-away. We were sent product to test in exchange for our always honest review.

 

 

#Sponsored A Dog’s 17 Wishes for a Happy New Year 2017 #NutrishPets

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

Well my furiends,  it’s Dakota and I am here hoping that you had a wonderful holiday! My Menorah still has a few more nights to go, but since I am a sensitive sort of Sheltie, I am already thinking about the New Year which is right around the corner. I decided to put my Sheltie brain to good use and share with you SEVENTEEN things that I am wishing for in the year 2017!

  • I wish I could finally chase the mail carrier away!
  • I wish I could also make the vacuum go away. I don’t appreciate how it taunts me!
  • I wish that Mom and Dad would play with me more. I know they are busy, but I am getting older now and they need to play with me much more than they do!
  • I wish I could have Nutrish more than just twice a day
  • I wish that all pet parents would take their animals to the Vet regularly, don’t wait til they get sick! 
  • I wish that Mom would brush my teeth more often. I do get a cleaning once a year, but I don’t mind having my teeth brushed one bit and I think that Mom should appreciate that and brush my teeth!
  • I wish my Sheltie girlfriend, Eva, would start blogging again. I miss her.
  • I wish that all animals would find a furever home.
  • I wish that Mom wouldn’t take blogging trips. I know she has two that she is going to be taking, I hope that there aren’t too many more!
  • I wish for Peace in the World
  • I wish that people would stop making me and my parents feel bad because I am not a rescue dog.
  • I wish that no more of my friends would go to the Rainbow Bridge.
  • I wish that I could do more to help the animals.
  • I wish that I could have more adventures in 2017. Many blogging dogs do exciting things! I guess maybe I should start to let Mom and Dad take me for more walks (I don’t love taking walks)
  • I wish that I stay healthy
  • I wish Mom and Dad would stay healthy
  • I wish that all of you would make the switch to Nutrish!!! By making the switch:

A portion of Nutrish proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue®, which was created to help animals in need. To date, over $14MM has been donated. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals.

Did You Know?

All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish products are available where you shop for your family’s groceries, making specialty recipes accessible and convenient for every pet parent. 

 

Follow Nutrish ! 

From my family,
from my Nutrish “family”
to YOUR FAMILY
we wish you a happy, safe and blessed 
NEW YEAR!!!!!
Barks and licks and love, Dakota

#Ad “My Holiday Wish List” #NutrishPets

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

Hi my furiends! It’s Dakota! It is hard to believe that another year has come and gone. I swear as much as I sleep I sure must be missing a bone yard full of things!!

It is that time of year when I start to kick my superior Sheltie brain into high gear and begin to think about things that I am wishing for during the holidays.

This year is pretty special. I am a Jewish Sheltie, and it is rare that Christmas and Chanukah fall together, but this year they DO!! When this happens, some people like to refer to the holidays as “Chrismukkah”  Chanukah this year falls smack dab on Christmas Eve! That is the first night of Chanukah. Most Jewish people will light their first candle on the Menorah, but Mom and Dad will pull out their battery operated cheap Menorah because Mom doesn’t like to use real candles with Cody and I running around, but I digress.  I am here today to share my holiday wish list with you, not how strange my parents are,  so let’s get started! I am going to close my eyes and make my wishes, won’t you join me?

A #TBT photo

 

Peace throughout the World

Now more than ever it is important for people to be kinder to each other. We all “share the same sky”. There shouldn’t be name-calling and other mean-spirited things taking place. We can only hope.

Good Health for all People and their Pets

2016 was extremely sad for many of us in the blogging world. We lost some dear furiends and we pray that 2017 will be a much “kinder and gentler” year.

Since today is Thursday I added a #TBT photo of Mom and I that I love

More time spent with Mom

I keep Mom company every day because she “works” from home. I guard her while she is typing and I give her my famous Sheltie kisses to keep her going. My big holiday wish is that Mom would plan more adventures with me. Yes, I know I don’t love taking walks and I am not the most sociable Sheltie to other dogs, but I think I would like to explore a new park that Mom keeps telling me about but never takes me to! Get with the program Mom!

Fewer Trips To The Vet

A dog can dream can’t he? Since my Mom is a huge fan of Veterinary wellness visits, I don’t think this one will happen anytime soon.

 

The Detroit Lions Making it to the Playoffs

Once again, a dog can dream, right? But…that dream might just come true! The Lions are currently in first place in the NFC North!! If Matt Stafford’s finger can hold up, who knows what could happen?

“The Lions in the playoffs? Now THAT’S FUNNY!!”

 

Loving Homes for all Animals

That is a wish that I wish for with all of my Sheltie heart. I want all animals to experience a loving home and never to be cold or hungry.

My kitty brother  and I are some of the lucky ones. We have a roof over our head and a warm home. We have more than enough toys, tons of love from Mom and Dad, we eat the most delicious food. Not all animals are as lucky. One of many reasons why I love Rachael Ray and Nutrish is because Rachael Ray CARES and gives back to the animals, she helps those animals that aren’t as lucky as Cody and I!

 

A portion of Nutrish proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue®, which was created to help animals in need. To date, over $14MM has been donated. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals.

 

“I will shout it to the rooftops!I love my Nutrish and I want it NOW PLEASE!!”

Delicious Food!

That is one wish that will ALWAYS come true as long as there is Nutrish in my store!! I have been eating Nutrish since 2008 and I have no intentions of giving that up anytime soon!!!!!  I also hope to be an Ambassadog again for Nutrish in 2017, if I am lucky enough to do so, I think that will be approximately 5 years that I have been barking about my love of Nutrish, Rachael Ray and the team behind the scenes!! Paws crossed!

Did You Know?

All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish products are available where you shop for your family’s groceries, making specialty recipes accessible and convenient for every pet parent. 

Follow Nutrish ! 

 
So there you have it my dear furiends, my wishes for the holiday season. I also would like to wish ALL OF YOU A HAPPY, SAFE, BLESSED AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY  and I THANK YOU FOR BEING MY FURIENDS!!! (If you have not received your holiday card from us via email, feel free to grab this!)

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota 

“Fall Back!!” More Sleep for All!!

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De-stress Your Dog: PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys Review and Give-Away

Shetland Sheepdogs are wonderful dogs! They are sensitive, loving, gentle active, super intelligent and protective.  On the downside, most Shelties  are known to excel at barking.

Dakota is definitely true to his lineage! While he does not bark incessantly, he DOES bark at strange sounds, (sounds that are loud, and even something as simple as my whisking eggs for scrambling can send him into a frenzy). His biggest barking triggers are the vacuum and once a week he gets to exercise his “talent” by barking incessantly when the people who come weekly to clean our apartment/condo building arrive.

I have tried to distract him, play with him, anything to curb this behavior, not much has worked. I was excited when I was offered the opportunity to have Dakota test the PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys because we are huge fans of the Busy Buddy® line . We received the 2-Pack shown below.

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 “Designed to help with separation anxiety and stress, the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys dispense food and assist with problem-solving by distracting your pet from the cause of their anxiety, such as thunderstorms, fireworks, vet visits or other stressful situations. The soothing chamomile scent helps reduce anxiety, while the patented Treat Meter randomly dispenses treats to keep dogs entertained and playing longer.”

When I opened the package I was pleased and surprised that the package contained not one, but TWO PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys as shown above. I was pleased that the scent was not overwhelming, and was quite pleasant.  I had been afraid that when I would open the package the scent would be overpowering. I couldn’t smell it at all until I put my nose right next to it to sniff. Perfect!  I also love the durability of these toys.

“Available in two sizes (small and medium), each kit comes with two different durable food/treat-dispensing chew toys, allowing pet parents to alternate between the two toys to provide variety and keep dogs interested and engaged. Training and behavior advice from professional dog trainers is also included.”

 Did They Work?

In complete honesty. MOSTLY. (After a minute or so Dakota ran to the door to bark, but DID return to play with the toy when called).  Also….I used them only once when the cleaning people arrived.  I would like to try these a few more times before I give my final verdict, but overall, yes I am pleased.

In the video below, if you turn up your volume you will hear the vacuum and notice that Dakota was completely focused on the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toy. 

Features

  • Patented Treat Meter randomly dispenses treats
  • 2 durable food/treat-dispensing chew toys
  • Training and behavior advice from professional dog trainers included
  • Great for thunderstorms, fireworks, vet visits, barking, and separation anxiety
  • Dishwasher safe, top rack only

The PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys are priced at $19.99 – $24.99 and are available for purchase on PetSafe.net.

 

About the PetSafe® Brand

PetSafe® Brand is an industry leader in the development of innovative pet behavioral, containment and lifestyle product solutions. PetSafe Brand is owned by Radio Systems®Corporation and headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information, please visit www.petsafe.net .

 

GIVE-AWAY!! Our friends at PetSafe have generously offered TWO of our readers who reside in the U.S. (and who are 18 and over) the chance to win the same 2-Pack of the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys that I received. Entering is super easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below and good luck!!

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In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this post. I received a PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys 2-Pack in exchange for my always honest review.